Universität Hamburg, Germany
Norbert Fischer (Dr. phil. habil.) is professor of social and cultural history at the Institutes of Cultural Anthropology and of History of the University of Hamburg. Main areas of research include: history and theory of landscape; spatial changes in suburban areas; regional history of Northern Germany; coastal societies and maritime culture; history of death, cemeteries and tombs. Recent publications: Der wilde und der gezähmte Fluss – Zur Geschichte der Deiche an der Ostsee (Stade) 2011; Der Graswarder: Küstenlandschaft der Ostsee (together with Sonja Jüde, Stefanie Helbig and Gabriele Rieck (2011); Land am Meer: Die Küsten von Nord- und Ostsee (2009) (together withVanessa Hirsch, Susan Müller-Wusterwitz, Nicole Tiedemann).
Articles of Norbert Fischer
Landschaftsgeschichte – Landschaftstheorie – Landschaftswandel: Konzeptionen und Fallstudien
In various disciplines including landscape research, the term landscape is controversial and is also newly conceptualized and theorized. Over the course of the 20th century, approaches ranged from the classical modernist concept of landscape to the postmodern and more particularized landscape approach. The new, particularized concept of landscape rejects both the ontologically frame of cultural landscape and the classical notion of self-contained homogeneous spaces. This article examines current perspectives in landscape research by focusing upon the example of the coastal landscape of the Baltic Sea and North Sea, which deals with the Graswarder Peninsula (near Heiligenhafen, Germany) and the changing of sea dykes. Coastal landscape is here understood not as a description of idealized nature, but as an analysis of the sometimes very rapid changes due to economic and socio-cultural settings.